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Appeal after driver escapes M4 concrete block

South Wales Police has released a photo of a concrete block thrown from a bridge onto the M4 at Bridgend.

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The incident happened on Wednesday evening near the Sarn Services. The block hit the roof of an HGV and then fell onto the carriageway.

The concrete block set against a 12cm notebook. Credit: South Wales Police

Police are appealing for information.

The actions of the person or persons responsible are extremely dangerous and the consequences could have resulted in the death of a motorist.

It is very fortunate that this was not the result on this occasion.

South Wales Police is conducting local enquiries to trace the identity of those responsible.

– Inspector Rowan Moore

Bridgend man sustains serious injuries after being 'crushed' by HGV mechanism

A 31-year-old man from Bridgend is being treated for life threatening injuries after being crushed whilst unloading a HGV vehicle.

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Police were called to the incident on Faraday Road in Plymouth at around 10.15am on yesterday involving a stationary four axle extending frame flat bed HGV.

The man is understood to have been unloading the HGV when he was crushed by a mechanism on the vehicle.

He sustained serious injuries and is being treated at Derriford Hospital.

Officers from the CID, the Serious Collisions Investigation Unit and the Health & Safety Executive are carrying out a joint investigation and appealing for witnesses to this incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101.


Appeal for girl missing from Bridgend

South Wales Police is appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of 17-year-old Chloe Jones, who has been missing for over a week.

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Chloe, who is from Bridgend, was reported missing on 15 December.

Officer say she has links to the Neath and Newport area.

She is described as a white female of medium build, 5 ft 5" in height, with blonde shoulder length hair.

Police wants anyone who has seen or been in contact with Chloe or who knows of her whereabouts to call South Wales Police on 101./


'Elfsteddfod' event to take place in Bridgend

The annual 'Elfsteddfod' event, where thousands of people gather dressed up as Christmas elves, will take place in Bridgend later.

Organisers hope they'll be able to beat their own world record for the number of elves gathered in one place - set last year when 1,552 people attended.

The event will host tall elves, small elves, elves on unicycles, hula-hooping elves, marching elves, dancing elves, elf choirs and stilt-walking elves amassing in Bridgend Town Centre.

The Elfsteddfod has now grown to such a level that New York, which formerly held the elf gathering record, has stopped competing with the Bridgend event.

Man admits village supermarket armed robbery

Staff at the supermarket in Pontycymmer were tied up during the raid. Credit: Google Street View

A man's pleaded guilty to armed robbery after members of staff were tied up during a raid on a village supermarket.

Gavin Brian Williams, 34, from Llangynwyd, appeared at Cardiff Crown Court this morning where he admitted robbing the Co Op Supermarket in Victoria Street, Pontycymmer on November 16th. He'll be sentenced later this month.

South Wales Police is still investigating the robbery and believe at least one other person was involved.

The manager - and two other shop workers - were tied up during the robbery, and two men demanded to know where the shop’s safe was kept.

Read more: Staff tied up in armed raid on village supermarket.

Anybody with information is urged to contact South Wales Police via 101 quoting reference *424842 or they can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Man charged after armed raid on supermarket

Police investigating an armed robbery at the Co-Op store in Pontcymmer near Bridgend have charged a man.

The Co-op Store in Pontcymmer. Credit: Google Street View

Gavin Brian Williams has been charged with with robbery and possession of an offensive weapon.

Williams, 34, is from Llangynwyd near Maesteg and has been remanded in custody by Bridgend Magistrates.

Detectives are continuing to investigate the robbery and want to hear from anyone who may have any information concerning this incident and who has not yet come forward.

We have charged one man in connection with this offence and are still investigating what was an extremely traumatic event for the victims.

While we have already made one arrest we are still appealing for anyone who may have any information to contact us.

– Detective Inspector Andy Paddison

Staff tied up in armed raid on village supermarket

Police in Bridgend are appealing for information following an armed robbery which happened at the Co-Op store on Victoria Street, Pontycymer.

The Co-Op at Pontycymer. Credit: Google Street View

At just after 6am, on Monday, 16th November two men wearing balaclavas, armed with a crow bar and a hammer, confronted the manager of the store at the side entrance to the shop.

One of the attackers wearing a balaclava. Credit: South Wales Police

The manager - and two other shop workers - were tied up, and the two men demanded to know where the shop’s safe was kept.

Over £2000 in cash was stolen by the men, along with cigarettes and scratch cards. A cash register hard drive was also taken.

It was a nasty robbery and I believe those responsible are from the area.

They have acted with total disregard for the importance of the shop to people in the village and absolutely no care for the welfare of the poor victims who have been left traumatised by what they have been through.

Somebody will know something and I am urging them to do the right thing by their community and call us.

– DI Andy Paddison

Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

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